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An Interview: His Holiness the Karmapa speaks - Mandala Publications

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An Interview: His Holiness the Karmapa speaksHis Holiness the Karmapa
Ven. Sangye Khadro spoke to the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, [Mandala April-May 2004] earlier this year about the mind, meditation, and the differences, if any, between the Kagyu and Gelug traditions.
Ven. Sangye Khadro: The mind is very important in Buddhism, but it is something very elusive, hard to understand. Could Your Holiness give some words of advice on how to understand and work with the mind?
His Holiness the Karmapa: To understand the nature of the mind, there are two ways: one is easier, the other is harder. The easier way involves your lama introducing you to the nature of the mind, and on that basis you work on that and come to know the mind and its nature.

As for the harder way, even if a lama introduces the nature of the mind, still it may be difficult to understand its nature. Therefore, to really understand the true nature of the mind, the introduction by the lama must be su…